Tortellini and Scandal ... two words that described my life during first trimester. I had morning sickness all.the.time. It hit me around 6 weeks. It was bad! I felt like I was on a rocking ship constantly. I felt nauseous, but could never throw up (that came later, from acid reflux). I remember wishing I would just barf, thinking it'd make my morning sickness go away!
I decided that I would tough it out, and that I would not go on Diclectin, but that I would try natural remedies. I went overboard on all things ginger: ginger tea, ginger candies, ginger pills, ginger essential oils. None of it worked. NONE! And if you know me, you already know that I have a rocky relationship with ginger. Once a ginger lover, I ate it by the chopstick-ful, and then I got a nasty stomach bug that caused me to throw up all that ginger. YUCK! Tim recalls that I would come home from work every day and just cry because I'd been feeling sick all day. After I had my cry, I'd spend the entire afternoon and evening on the couch. Tim and I watched the entire series of Scandal during my first trimester.
I decided to give into the morning sickness and ate whatever I was craving or could manage to keep down. We ate a lot of pasta with tomato sauce, bagels with peanut butter, and crackers. I gave up on fresh fruits and vegetables, and my beloved Glowing Green Smoothie. I couldn't stand the thought of Indian food, sweet potatoes, ground beef, and salads. It was a struggle to figure out lunches for school. I was offended by a coworker's lunch and almost vomited when I caught a whiff of their Indian curry.
I remember the last day I went to the gym. I was maybe just over 6 weeks pregnant. I had been going regularly, and loved to go in the early morning or after school. I met a friend there for our usual workout, and was so nauseous that I had to drastically modify my workout. After that, i didn't make it back to the gym until the New Year (I went once), and by then my belly was getting too big, that I decided I had to find something else to do. Walking and ballet barre got me through the second trimester. By the third, I was basically a couch potato. Going for a 10 minute stroll was all I could muster in the last couple weeks. Did I mention how huge I was?
Luckily by the second trimester, I was able to eat most things again, but I couldn't eat large portions. There were many mornings that I'd drink my smoothie and throw it all back up. It became part of my morning routine: make smoothie, drink smoothie, throw up smoothie, brush teeth and go to work.
I would've liked to have eaten healthier and gotten more exercise during my pregnancy, but I did my best. If I ever get pregnant again, I'd like to think I'd do things differently, but I guess it'll all depend on how I am feeling and if I am carrying twins again (oh god!!).
If you're reading this and are pregnant and feeling crappy, just do your best and keep going! You got this, mama!
mrs. + mama